Culpins in Trouble

The following pages outline some of the Culpins that have found themselves in trouble with the law.

In  eighteenth century  England crimes were punished by in variety of ways which include imprisonment, death and transportation. Although the use of the death penalty for crimes such as theft seems harsh by modern standards very often a sentence such as this was commuted to transportation. Even though this was preferable for the person concerned, it would usually mean that he or she would never have seen their family again.

The three John Culpins

There are, of course, coincidences that could easily be misread. Within such a small rural area such as Rutland and North Northamptonshire the occurrence of three people, each called John Culpin and each involved with crime, it might be easy to assume there is a connection, as far as we can tell there isn’t but if you do know mire, do contact us.

1. John Culpin Of Edith Weston, Rutland

John was found guilty of burglary in 1827 and sentenced to death for the crime. Although it may be that he has committed other crimes, none have been found on record and his court hearing only refers to the one case. The death sentence does seem harsh, but it was typical of the punishments often handed out by courts in that period, it was later commuted to transportation. CLICK HERE to read about him.

Records show three men called John Culpin ending up in trouble with the law, but even though they lived near to each other they were only distantly related.

2. John Culpin Of Upton

This John lived in the hamlet of Upton near Castor in Northamptonshire. He was also transported. Although the first John was transported for what appears to be a single crime, John of Upton was transported after a series of crimes in the area and only after what could best be described as frustration at his continual habit of resorting to crime. CLICK HERE to find out about his crimes, subsequent transportation and life in Tasmania.

3. John Culpin Of Newborough

The third John Culpin to get into trouble, was John Culpin of Newborough, near Peterborough. By contrast to the other two, this John was a highly successful farmer and he was the victim not the perpetrator. Click Here to read about the incident.


More Culpins involved with Crime and Punishments.

  • Mary Culpin, Accused Of murder, tried Bedford Lent Assizes 1819, found not guilty.
  • Peter Culpin – alleges that he was the subject of a Violent Theft and Highway Robbery: 26 Dec 1827: Peter Street, Soho, London
  • Richard Culpin. Richard was a policeman with the Metropolitan Police in the 1870s
  • Richard Culpin, b 1788, On 2nd July 1846, at Spalding, convicted for ‘larceny before convicted of a Felony’, 9 Months
  • Samuel Culpin, of Punch Bowl Tavern. Summoned by the police for drunkenness. Spalding Petty Sessions.  Sept 19th 1871.
  • Thomas Culpin.  Northampton Assizes April 1800